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Underage Marriage Laws in Texas Change Starting Sept. 1

Posted on · (Above: Frankie Ortega’s mother was forced to get married when she was 14. Photo Courtesy: Frankie Ortega) In Texas, a child — no matter what age — can get married as long as a judge approves it. And 16- and 17-year-olds can marry as long as they have parental consent. But all that changes Sept.1, 2017. Gov. Greg […]

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Underage Marriage: Closer to Home and More Common Than You’d Think

Posted on · When you hear the term “child bride,” you’re likely to think of something happening a long time ago and somewhere far away, writes the Houston Chronicle’s Frankie Ortega. But for her, it happened much closer to home. In the 1970s, her own mother was forced – by her mother – to get married at the […]

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Death Penalty, Underage Marriage and Stem Cell Therapy: Thursday’s Show (February 18, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]